FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hudson Music Project @ Winston Farm, Saugerties. It’s Day One featuring Modest Mouse, the Flaming Lips, Dr. Dog, STS9, Lettuce, Tauk and lots, lots more on four stages… Music starts at 1pm. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: The Debo Band @ Freedom Square, Troy. The incredible 11-piece Ethiopian orchestra was on hand to dedicate Freedom Square back in 2011, and now they’re returning for another night of ecstatic music. 6pm. FREE.
OPERA: “Madame Butterfly” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. It’s opening night for the Glimmerglass season! Conducted by Joseph Colaneri; directed by Francesca Zambello. Delicate and vulnerable yet possessed of a steely resolve, Puccini’s unforgettable heroine risks ostracization to be with her love, a handsome American naval officer. When he proves untrue, she unflinchingly chooses the only honorable path available to her. 7:30pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC/ETC.: Schenectady County Summer Night Beach Party @ State Street, Schenectady. In front of Proctors, State Street turns into a beach with plenty of fun, sun, sand and music by the likes of Dani Moz (of “The Voice”), Funk Evolution, Grand Central Station and more… 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Buddy Guy @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The blues guitar master is back. He’s won six Grammy Awards, 28 Blues Music Awards, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. With teenage Quinn Sullivan. 8pm. $30, $75 & $105. GO HERE for more info…
READING: Joyce Carol Oates @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute’s reading series continues with the National Book Award-winning novelist. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Tumbling Bones @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Inspired by bluegrass and pre-WWII popular songs, this group employs nothing but acoustic instruments, tap shoes and, most importantly, their glorious voices on a folky mix of a cappella gospel numbers, spirited Americana and quirky ballads. With Jean Rohe & the End of the World. 8pm. $18.
DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Performing Raymonda Variations (Glazounov/Balanchine); La Stravaganza (Vivaldi, Ficarra, Normandeau, Morand,Parmerud/Preljocaj); and Glass Pieces (Glass/Robbins). 8pm.
THEATER: “Hands On a Hard Body” @ Washington Park’s Lakehouse Amphitheater, Albany. Park Playhouse takes a chance with a new musical theater work with music by Phish’s Trey Anastasio. Directed by Michael LoPorto. 8pm. FREE, $14, $16 & $22; $1 discount for youths & seniors. Through July 26.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: JP Jofre with New York City Ballet Ensemble @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. NYC Ballet Orchestra members will be joined by acclaimed bandoneonist JP Jofre in a joint fundraiser to benefit the NYC Ballet residency at SPAC. Wine and beer available. 11pm. $27.
THEATER: “A Little Night Music” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. One of Stephen Sondheim’s most beloved and award-winning musicals offers an amusing and farcical tale of unexpected liaisons, relentless desire and ill-fated heartbreak in the life of acclaimed actress, Desiree Armfeldt, played by renowned actress, vocalist and Berkshire native, Maureen O’Flynn. 8pm. $25, $45 & $65.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Rod MacDonald @ UAlbany Alumni House, Albany. The veteran singer-songwriter is accompanied by bassist Mark Dann in a benefit concert for Community Hospice Africa/AIDS Partnership. 7:30pm. $20.
THEATER: The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful @ Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. Charles Ludlam’s classic romp of a gothic spoof is directed by Aaron Mark, and stars Bill Bowers and Tom Hewitt. 8pm. $42, $52 & $62. Through July 19.
ARTS WALK: Woodstock Nights @ various locations, Woodstock. Night-time arts stroll, shopping, food, music, drink and fun.5-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: 13 Strings and a Two Dollar Bill @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Fiddles, banjos, acoustic guitars, mandolins, kazoos and hand percussion abound. With Intuitive Compass and the Lost Dog Street Band. 9pm.
THEATER: “Hudson Air: Criminal In Tent” @ PS21, Chatham. This evening of live radio theater will be performed by Nancy Rothman, Lora Lee Ecobelli, Byron Nilsson, James Occhino, foley artist Bob Hanley and musician Lincoln Mayorga. Directed by Andrew Joffe. 8pm. $18; $10 youth 18 years and under.
PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Albany Capital Swing Dance @ Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. 7:30pm swing dance lesson with Brooke Filsinger & Dan Repsch; 8:30pm dance to live music by the Glenn Crytzer Savoy Seven. $15; $10 seniors & students.